Place des Vosges

When you get to Paris, you have to take the time to visit its oldest plaza, the Place des Vosges, which is considered to be among the most beautiful in the whole world.

In 1605, when the building of the royal pavilion in this location started, King Henri IV ordered also that all the buildings surrounding the place follow the same model. The result is really amazing, through its harmony of forms and colors being an example not only for those times, but for the present also. The square’s inauguration took place in 1612, and it was first named “La Place Royale”

A statue of King Louis XIII, commissioned by the Cardinal Richelieu, stood in the middle of the plaza from 1639 until the French Revolution, when it was destroyed as symbolizing the old, corrupt regime. However, a new one replaced it in 1825. The name under which the plaza is currently know was given by Emperor Napoleon I in the honor of the department des Vosges, the first in paying taxes.

Place des Vosges

Another important symbol present here is the former Hotel de Rohan-Guemenee. In one of its rooms, at the second floor, lived the famous French writer Victor Hugo, the author of “Les Miserables” and of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. The place is currently known under the name of “La Maison de Victor Hugo”. Here the visitor can see letters, pictures and drawings of the famous artist, which recompose a part of his life with great fidelity.

The Place des Vosges is certainly an interesting place to visit, representative for the Marais district, the Paris’ 3rd arondissement. Exploring Le Marais is a great thing to do if you are visiting Paris on a budget, and Place des Vosges can be the perfect starting or end point of your walking tour.

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